Suzuki GT 750 Water Buffalo

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Old 04-06-16, 09:50 AM
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Suzuki GT 750 Water Buffalo

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I just joined and I am looking for some help, guidance, assistance, everything. I just recently was gifted a 1974 GT 750 by a close family member and I'm looking to get it up and running. From my understanding, the bike was running prior to being placed on non-op. This was back in 1986. I was wondering, what should be some things I should look into before I try to start it up? I've been looking into removing the tank and relining it, removing the spark plugs and replacing them, and bleeding the brake system. Any advice?

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Old 04-06-16, 09:57 AM
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I am not a bike man but the first thing i would do is take plug or plugs out and squirt some oil in cylinders. Let sit a while than try to see if engine will turn over. Sitting that long pistons may be frozen in cylinders. Looks like water cooled so changing all fluids and flush cooling system.
I just googled this and found several sites with info on your bike, They may be able to help better.
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Old 04-06-16, 10:38 AM
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Thanks for the advice! I almost forgot about the cooling system. I'm still fairly new to the motorcycle life and I'm trying to figure it out as I go. I do still have the manual for the bike and have been reading up.
 
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Old 04-06-16, 12:21 PM
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The fuel system would be my first concern. If it was put away with gas in it I'd go ahead and clean and rebuild the carbs even before trying to start. If fuel was left in it I'd also consider replacing the fuel lines and clean and possibly reline the fuel tank if it's rusty. Then of course there is the engine/transmission oil to change. If you're in the mood I'd replace the coolant or just make sure it's topped off for the first start. If you can get it running and think you'll keep it then you can flush and replace the coolant. My long term concern would be corrosion on the internal machined surfaces like the cam and crank. If they're pitted you'll have some thinking to do but hopefully your dry climate saved them. The outside looks surprisingly clean (of rust) so that's a good sign.
 
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Old 04-06-16, 01:23 PM
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From my understanding, they bled everything out of the bike. I was thinking of replacing the fuel lines anyway but now I really feel like I should definitely change em out.

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Old 04-17-16, 08:55 PM
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So I was able to purchase the front forks from a 2002 GSXR 600 and have also bought the conversion kit from All Balls Racing. I'm looking into also purchasing the rear swing arm from an 03 GSXR 1000. Anyone know how I would be able to mod it for the single shock?
 
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Old 04-18-16, 04:55 AM
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Aw... I thought you were going to restore it stock. If you start mixing and matching parts from other bikes and trying to convert it you're sort of on your own. You might try searching for forums that specialize in customizing and hacking bikes. As for converting the rear end to a single shock I assume you'll be in for some metal fabrication and welding.
 
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